Over the past few months I’ve covered numerous open source graphical music players. They’ve been a mixed bag. Some are genuinely excellent, others falling short of my (fairly) modest requirements. The music players I’ve mostly reviewed include ncmpy, ncmpc, and Cantata. I’ve also reviewed Nulloy, Museeks, Pragha Music Player, Yarock, qoob, aux.app, MellowPlayer, Kaku, Strawberry, Headset, Qmmp, and the truly sublime musikcube. The vast majority of the music players are GUI software.
Continuing my series, here’s a further graphical music player. Bearing the moniker Tauon Music Box (Tauon), it’s based around disposable playlists and the assumption that folders are albums. They are also intended to function as a kind of workspace or to keep different music collections separate.
The project instructs users to ensure they have an organized and structured music library, ideally with each album in its own folder. Sound advice.
The software is written in the Python programming language. It uses Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA), not PulseAudio.
The project doesn’t provide any official packages for popular Linux distributions, but there’s a package available in the Arch User Repository. There’s an official Flatpak package offering a sandbox environment to use the software.
As the full source code is available, you can also clone the project’s repository with the following command.
$ git clone https://github.com/Taiko2k/TauonMusicBox.git
The developer provides an installer for Windows if you’re still living in a proprietary world.
Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Views
Page 4 – Settings: Function / Audio
Page 5 – Settings: EQ / Playlist
Page 6 – Settings: View / Transcode / Accounts / Stats
Page 7 – Other Features
Page 8 – Memory Comparison
Page 9 – Summary